The following message has been or will soon be distributed to all Facebook account holders. The message discusses proposed updates to Facebook Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and invites users to visit the Facebook Site Governance Page to read more information and offer feedback.
Given that some phishing and malware schemes use fake emails claiming to be from Facebook, some recipients have been cautious of the message and have questioned its veracity. However, this message is perfectly legitimate and really does come from Facebook. The link in the message leads to the genuine Facebook Site Governance Page.
Facebook users should certainly use caution when following links in unsolicited messages, even if they appear to come from Facebook or another legitimate entity. But, in this case, there is no need for concern and users should indeed go to the Site Governance Page if they are interested in gaining more information on the issues outlined in the email.
Facebook, Inc. and Facebook Ireland Ltd., which together operate the Facebook service worldwide, recently posted some proposed updates to our Data Use Policy and our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities for your review and feedback. Those updates provided more detailed information about our practices, reflected changes to our products, and modified how we conduct our site governance process. The period for submitting your comments has ended, but you can still provide feedback on those proposals by taking part in our site governance vote. To learn more about our proposed updates (which include additional clarifications based on your comments) and the vote, please visit our Site Governance Page. Voting will end on December 10, 2012 at 12 PM (PST) / December 10, 2012 at 8 PM (GMT). We encourage you to review and vote on the proposed versions of our governance documents. Thank you for your feedback and participation in this process.